A short bright sunny winter walk that expectantly turned into a 20km trek to Champcevinel village!
There are dozens of mapped and waymarked walks around La Treille and we’ve covered quite a number of them over the last few years; many, I’ve documented on this blog (you’ll find them archived under the ‘Walking‘ tab under the Categories section). I thought I’d gotten quite adept at reading the yellow and green posts that mark these paths; so much so that today we confidently set off ‘sans carte’ on what was supposed to be a short jaunt of perhaps just 3 of 4km. I hadn’t even put my proper walking boots on, just my flat leather boots. I’m paying for it now with sore aching feet having walked around 20km. We obviously took a wrong turn and mis-read a couple of the signposts. Is it just me or are these signposts deliberately a little vague, does anyone else have problems, would love to hear how others get on with following walking maps/signposts? I’d love one of those ‘all-singing, all-dancing’ GPS thingymejigs but they’re so expensive… Had one in my Amazon Wish List for ages, ever optomistic that someone will treat me!
Actually, I have to hold my hand up to kind of knowing what we’d done as I’m sure moh would never have agreed to walk so far today.
Fortunately it was a beautiful sunny day if a little chilly and as it turned out I reckon he’s a lot fitter than me… I was the one who had to keep stopping to catch my breath whilst climbing one of the ‘usual’ bloody hills in this area.
On the plus side we’ve probably walked-off that huge Christmas dinner that I cooked yesterday. Talking of which, the allure of turkey and stuffing sandwiches back home was the perfect enticement to keep us going. There is still enough turkey left-over for the traditional cold turkey, chips and pickles tomorrow (albeit a day late) and no doubt I’ll use the last of it for a tasty Tai-style turkey curry later in the week.
The other plus that’s come out of this impromptu trek is that I’ve managed to find the complete set of ‘Randonnée en Dordogne‘ walking maps on-line, these should come in handy for printing off when we next set-off so no excuses next time!!!
Arhh, what with winter solstice just passed we’re half-way through another ‘L’hiver français’. Warm and comfy in our cosy gite we’re all snug as bugs in rugs. Here’s a few more photos taken this month that I thought you might like…
Hope you all had a good Christmas and best wishes for 2012. Soon be summer!!!
ps Oh and if you have been on any great walks around the Dordogne we’d love to hear about them via the comment box below?
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